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2017 MDF Annual Conference

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111

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Second Decade ImageThe Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation (MDF) is pleased to announce the 2017 MDF Annual Conference, which takes place Friday, September 8-Saturday, September 9, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel in San Francisco, CA. This year's conference program will include a host of sessions exploring research, drug development and disease management, and provide formal and informal community networking opportunities.

For the first time since 2011, the International Myotonic Dystrophy Consortium biennial DM research meeting (IDMC-11) and the MDF Annual Conference will be jointly presented. IDMC-11 takes place September 5-9, 2017, and the 2017 MDF Annual Conference occurs September 8-9, 2017. This unique opportunity will bring together the global community of DM researchers, clinicians and families via an exciting array of joint sessions during the 2017 MDF Annual Conference.

Join us at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel on the beautiful San Francisco Embarcadero for this outstanding DM event.


The 2017 registration fee provides entrance to all 2017 MDF Annual Conference events, including general and breakout sessions, two evening social receptions and other special events.

The following food and beverage options are included in the registration fee:

  • Thursday First Timers' Tea
  • Friday Lunch
  • Friday Opening Reception
  • Saturday Breakfast
  • Saturday Lunch
  • Saturday Closing Finale and Dinner Party: Live Performance with Eric Hutchinson

Registering for the conference does not reserve your hotel room, and spaces at the hotel is expected to fill up quickly. Please contact the hotel directly to book your room. See below for more lodging details.


2017 MDF Annual Conference attendees will:

  • Learn daily living and disease management strategies, and find new resources, products and services
  • Hear research and drug development progress updates
  • Create new friendships and support options via networking and community-building opportunities throughout the conference.

New to the MDF Annual Conference? MDF offers a First Timers' Tea for first-time attendees on Thursday, September 7, 2017. The Conference also features programming for male caregivers, adults living with Juvenile-Onset DM, parents of children with congenital and childhood-onset myotonic dystrophy, advocacy training, and much more.

View a detailed overview of the two-day conference program.


The Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel is located in the popular Embarcadero Waterfront district. Negotiated rates for the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel are exclusively available through the hotel booking form.

The hotel room block is open now through August 14, 2017, or until it is sold out. Book your room now.

NOTE: Please keep in mind that Fall is a busy time of year in San Francisco, and the Hyatt Regency San Francisco and other San Francisco hotels may be completely booked by September.


2017 MDF Annual Conference attendees will arrive in San Francisco at either the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) or the Oakland International Airport (OAK). Visitors seeking shuttle service and transportation to the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel have a variety of options, including taxi service, airport shuttles and public transportation. The Hyatt Regency San Francisco is located adjacent to the California Street cable car line stop, ferry terminals and BART stations.

Find transportation information here.

Conference attendees are responsible for making their own airfare and transportation arrangements to and from the hotel. MDF cannot reimburse travel, hotel accommodations or parking expenses for conference participants.


Childcare is not provided at the conference. Please make all necessary arrangements before you arrive so that you can take advantage of all that the conference has to offer. Contact for information on local caregivers and availability. MDF members traveling with young children are also encouraged to visit the MDF Facebook page to solicit interest in sharing childcare with other conference attendees.


We understand that circumstances can change. MDF contracts for conference presenter, travel and hotel services nine-twelve months in advance, and adjusts those contracts based on registrations. We are therefore unable to process registration cancellations made after Monday, August 7, 2017.


See the conference program and learn more about the Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel. If you have registration questions or need assistance with registration, contact the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation at 415-800-7777 or email us at

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Hyatt Regency San Francisco

5 Embarcadero Center

San Francisco, CA 94111

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